In August, 2007, the Stafford Crown Court heard Accounts Clerk Jeanette Ball admit the theft of £75,979 from her employers, Wheel Solutions of Cannock. She further admitted possessing £9,185 being criminal property. Ball received a 14 month custodial sentence.
As in the case of Helen Armstrong, the Court heard that Ball had deleted computer files and shredded evidence of the calculated frauds.
As in the case of Helen Armstrong, the Court heard that Ball put in extra time at work to get rid of the evidence.
As in the case of Helen Armstrong, the Court heard the offences came to light when Ball was on holiday.
As in the case of Helen Armstrong, the court heard that Ball was in a position of complete trust. Judge John Warner described her crimes as "a gross breach of trust which had a very adverse effect on a small company".
The CPS have been handed the case of Helen Armstrong on a plate. Armstrong defrauded Wren Properties of over five times as much as Ball. Can the CPS justify the prosecution of Jeanette Ball whilst allowing Helen Armstrong go unpunished and shamelessly profit from her ill-gotten gains?
It beggars belief.